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ERIC Number: ED032055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-27
Pages: 82
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Community College Accessibility to the Economically Disadvantaged.
Jones, Gordon
This study was made to determine the socioeconomic status of junior college students, to analyze certain characteristics of those in the poverty class, and to see which factors prevent so many of them from attending college. Representing both vocational and academic programs, a random sample of 315 Vancouver City College students answered a questionnaire, giving data on sex, age, choice of program, residence, earnings, family unit, occupational class, and source and knowledge of financial aid. The data were analyzed to determine the socioeconomic characteristics and the percentage of those in the poverty class. The study then examined the source and availability of financial aid and the difficulties of obtaining it. So many aid programs have built-in qualifications, restrictions, and limitations that the low-income student is automatically ineligible. The three most likely local sources of help for him are not widely enough known, and the applications for most other aid are unduly complex, discouraging to the student, incomprehensible to him or his family, and quite irrelevant to the situation. The reason such a small ratio of the poor attend college may well be that the restrictions and complexity of financial aid make it unavailable to those who need it most. [Not available in hard copy because of marginal reproducibility of original.] (HH)
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Identifiers - Location: Canada